TEHRAN - Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw has said that a failure of the Iran nuclear talks will be a disaster for all sides.
Straw made the remarks in an interview with IRNA published on Saturday.
Pointing to advances made in nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (Russia, China, the U.S., Britain, France, and Germany), he evaluated the current atmosphere in nuclear talks to cut a final agreement as "positive”.
He also said Iran’s right to use nuclear energy peacefully has been recognized in the Joint Plan of Action.
On November 24, 2013, Iran and the 5+1 group signed an interim nuclear deal in Geneva, known as the JPOA, according to which some sanctions against Iran were eased and instead Iran agreed to slow down its nuclear activities. The deal was tailored to buy time to work out the details of a comprehensive pact.
Straw also said the countries that are signatory to the NPT have the right to enrich uranium for civilian uses.
In an Op Ed in the Washington Post on January 21, the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany as well as the European Union foreign policy chief warned the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress against introducing new sanctions legislations against Iran as nuclear talks are still underway.
In part of the article the chief diplomat said, "We have a historic opportunity that might not come again. With the eyes of the world upon us, we must demonstrate our commitment to diplomacy to try to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue within the deadline we have set. That is the surest path to reaching a comprehensive, lasting solution that will make the world and the region safer.”